June 15 Sidney Crosby raises the Cup during the Stanley Cup victory parade held in the Penguins' honor in Pittsburgh. The city hosted 375,000 fans in the streets to celebrate the team's win. PHOTOS: Pens' victory celebration
June 12 The Penguins beat the Red Wings in a thrilling Game 7 in Detroit to win the Stanley Cup and dethrown the 2008 defending champs. Evgeni Malkin was handed the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs. PHOTOS: Pens' Stanley Cup celebration
What is going on?
May 5 The Phoenix Coyotes file for bankruptcy with owner Jerry Moyes announcing he had agreed in principle to sell the team to Jim Balsillie, who has been trying for years to buy an NHL and move it to Ontario. On June 15, a Phoenix judge rejected the sale, siding with the league in court.
May 2 The Capitals and Pens face off in the first of a seven-game series in the second round of the playoffs. The match-up included stars Alex Ovechkin facing off against Sidney Crosby, with Crosby's Pens moving on to the next round. PHOTOS: Stanley Cup playoffs highlights
April 16 The Columbus Blue Jackets play their first playoff game in the history of the organization. The team was eventually swept out of the first round by the Detroit Red Wings.
Cut it down
March 17 Martin Brodeur carries off the net from the ice that he cut down after recording 552 wins as a goalie. The victory made him the winningest goaltender in NHL history, surpassing a mark set by Patrick Roy. PHOTOS: Martin Brodeur's career
Trade it around
March 4 By acquiring center Olli Jokinen and defenseman Jordan Leopold (above), the Flames' GM Darryl Sutter made the biggest moves on the league's trade deadline day. Unfortunately, it didn't get the team past the first round of the playoffs. Spector: Best and worst trade deadline moves
Feb. 19 After starting the season off playing for a hockey team in China, Claude Lemieux finally made his NHL return as a member of the San Jose Sharks. He even assisted on a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in his first game back in the league.
Moment of silence
Feb. 13 A day after a plane crash in Buffalo killed 50 people, the Sabres observed a moment of silence before their game for those who died in the tragedy.
Another go around
February After a first-round of firings, coaches heads' were once again on the chopping block. Craig Hartsburg was fired by the Senators and Tom Renney got the heave-ho by the Rangers. But the biggest change was in Pittsburgh, where Michel Therrien (above) was axed and replaced by Dan Bylsma.
Take a bite
Jan. 6 In a game against Buffalo, the Sens' Jarkko Ruutu bit the thumb of the Sabres' Andrew Peters. The chomp earned Ruutu a two-game suspension from the league.
Jan. 1 The Red Wings and Blackhawks faced off on New Year's Day at Chicago's famed Wrigley Field. The Wings left the ballpark with a 6-4 victory, but it was really the fans who won with this game. PHOTOS: Winter Classic at Wrigley Field